As the festive season of overindulgence comes to an end a Sheffield fitness group is offering people a helping hand to kick start their New Year fitness regimes.
British Military Fitness trains Sheffielders who want to get fit but struggle to find the motivation at its outdoor fitness sessions within the city’s Graves Park.
The rigorous classes are led by military-trained professionals.
In a bid to help others adopt a healthier lifestyle in 2015, head training tutor at BMF Mark Wood, has put together the following tips to get lean and eat clean.
n Master the basics – Learn to master some of the fundamental exercises. Learning how to complete exercises, such as squats, lunges and press ups, with great form and technique will ensure your workout is effective.
n Eat breakfast – Breakfast should be one of your most important meals of the day. It is essential to get your metabolism started for the day so you continue to burn calories all day long.
n Ensure adequate hydration – Hydration is key for anyone looking to exercise. Make sure you are drinking a minimum of two litres of water a day.
n Don’t neglect cardio – Cardio work should be factored in to your sessions. It is one of the greatest ways to get in to shape and is necessary to keep your heart healthy and your body functioning the way it should.
n Get outside – Exercising in the great outdoors has many benefits. It is much better for you to breathe in fresh air compared to air conditioning, especially if you are stuck in a gym with loads of germs floating around.
n Train three to four times a week - If you are serious about changing your body and getting results then you need to be training at least three to four times a week consistently for a three month period.
n Train with others – Having a training partner or training in a group has great benefits. They will help you stay motivated, it becomes a great social environment and you can have some fun.
n Avoid low calorie diets – Your body requires a certain amount of calories to function. Avoid low calorie diets as they’re usually just a quick fix, which will be followed by a rebound, and you will find yourself in a worse situation than when you started.
n Don’t beat yourself up – It is important not to obsess over the occasional slip-up. Be realistic and make sure you acknowledge how well you are doing and reward yourself every now and then.
To help people get 2015 off to a healthy start, BMF is offering free taster fitness sessions.